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Catskill Program Coordinator, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Organization: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Position Title: Catskill Program Coordinator

Location: Mahwah, New Jersey (Catskill Forest Preserve)

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Catskill Program Coordinator serves as the Trail Conference’s principal staff representative in the Catskill region of New York State (primarily within the Catskill Park Blue Line but including areas of any Trail Conference projects located west and north of U.S. Route 209.). It is important for the person in this position to work closely with the Assistant Catskill Program Coordinator, partners and volunteer leaders within the region to establish priorities in order to accomplish broad overall goals for the trail system.

Responsibilities: As a part of this process, the following activities will be required.

Create, maintain and further meaningful working relationships with agency partners and land managers at the municipal, county and state level and engage in planning processes of key relevance to Catskill trail users. Expand and support regular means of communication and planning with partners, volunteer and non-governmental organizations, including maintaining and improving regional collaborative efforts such as the Catskill Park Advisory Committee and the Catskill Park Coalition.

Volunteer Development
Pursue new sources of volunteer manpower to work with existing volunteers and focus their involvement by addressing training and resource needs in key project areas. The regional coordinator also cultivates potential volunteer leaders and familiarizes them with central staff support and trail management responsibilities. Oversee the management of the Catskill Conservation Corps as the portal for volunteer recruitment in the Catskill region.

Trail Development & Management
The Catskill PC partners with land managers and works with volunteers to maintain and upgrade trails and lean-tos throughout the region. The Catskill PC identifies training and recruitment needs by organizing and managing workshops, events, and communications.

Trail Protection
Work with agency staff and volunteers to review the policy and land access for the region, initiate a prioritized list of objectives, and represent the Trail Conference in working with partners and volunteers to assure that the high quality trail experiences are optimally protected and promoted.

Resource Development
The Catskill PC seeks out and develops sources for funding of regional projects and programs in coordination with the Assistant Catskill PC, Trail Conference central office staff and volunteers. This includes general outreach and recruiting volunteers and members as well as cultivating support from land managers, municipalities and other interested parties.

Serve as the primary clearinghouse for information about Trail Conference-maintained trails in the region and to develop a communications plan.

Experience Required
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience or five years of substantial volunteer experience.
• Success working with volunteers, field staff, agency personnel, contractors, recreational users and other stakeholders.
• Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize, to handle multiple tasks and projects across a diverse region, use good judgment and offer recommendations to solve problems.
• Ability and willingness to travel and work a variable schedule including evenings and weekends.
• Proficient using Microsoft Office.
• The ability to hike on backcountry trails and perform physical trail work.
• Valid driver’s license and insurance.
• Reside within commuting distance of both Mahwah, NJ and the Catskill region.
• Success in supervising permanent and seasonal employees.

Desirable Qualifications
• Existing experience and relationships in the Catskill region
• Experience in natural resource management, outdoor recreation, landscape design, planning, public administration, environmental education or related field
• Trail design, construction and maintenance skills.
• Experience in recruiting, training and managing volunteers.
• Experience in community organizing and advocacy
• Familiarity with land use regulations and procedures in the region.
How to Apply: To apply, please submit the following items via email attachments (start all attachment filenames with your last name) to [email protected]: All application materials will be kept confidential.

1. A cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position, what distinguishes you from other applicants, and your interest and involvement in the Catskill region
2. A resume
3. Three professional references
4. Your salary requirements or history

Applications missing any of these four items will not be considered. The position is available until filled. Candidate interviews will begin immediately and continue until an offer is made. No calls please.

Check the job posting to determine if the position is filled.

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